Solution to Kenya’s Poverty.
The level of poverty in Kenya, just like in many other African countries, keep rising by the day.
This has thrown the social fabric into disarray resulting to issues such as the recent Domestic violence cases in Nyeri and rampant cases of alcohol abuse among jobless youth through out the republic.
The jobless Kenyan men have tried anything possible under the harsh tropical sun to eke out a living. Unfortunately, the harder they try the dryer their pockets become. This is because the political leadership has not been knowledgeable when signing contracts with International Finance institutions. This has resulted in Kenya, just like many other African countries, getting the shorter end of the stick in the bargain.
The contracts signed by Kenyan political leadership have resulted in endless debt and over consumption of unnecessary imported goods and services, hence very high inflation.
No matter how hard the Mkokoteni pusher works, no matter how many tones the woman who makes ballast out of rock using bare hands make, a large chunk of their money will go to servicing a foreign debt they have no idea how it came about.
Solution. No need to reinvent the wheel.
Over the years, research has been done as to why African countries remain poor no matter how hard their citizenry work.
The research points out to African leaders signing contracts that they don’t understand, resulting to International Finance Institutions giving large loans that take forever to be serviced, and contracts that restrict local consumption of goods and services. This creates inflation of which the benefactors are thee International Finance Institutions.
This book written by Graham Hancock, Lords of Poverty has researched into this issue and should be a must read for any one aspiring into political leadership in Kenya.
Another book written by John Perkins in 2004, Confessions of a Political Hitman, explains in detail how Political leadership in African countries is tricked into ensuring their citizens will forever live in abject poverty no matter how hard they work.
Wikipedia explains the book as below
====According to Perkins, he began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man in the 1980s, but “threats or bribes always convinced [him] to stop.”
According to his book, Perkins’ function was to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. ====
Kenya situation.2012 elections.
Recently, a 2012 presidential aspirant asked Kenyans to give views on which issues they would want changed and improved once he gets into power. This is the very first step in liberalizing Kenyans and Africans in General. Research has shown that knowledge is crowd sourced as opposed to monopolized by a few. By acknowledging this fact, Kenyans will raise issues that are of priority to them as opposed to situations whereby the International Finance institutions mentioned in the John Perkins book Confessions of a Political Hitman, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confessions_of_an_Economic_Hit_Man through the Kenyan political leadership, and guide into Kenyan citizenry priorities.
The Kenyan political leadership should go further and upload all international contracts between Kenya and these International Finance institutions so that Kenyan citizens can discuss and deliberate .The discussions should then guide the Parliamentary committees under whose jurisdiction the subject matter lies. This way, the collective intelligence of Kenyans will be tapped into assisting the political leadership make the best decisions for Kenya.
This essay written by Hayek, Friedrich A.(1899-1992) published in 1945, has stood the test of time to prove that the best way to get knowledge is through crowd sourcing.
Poverty in Kenya and other African countries contributes to tribal violence and social fabric disharmony and decay.
Poverty in Kenya and other African countries is caused by political leadership not being able to tap into crowd sourcing collective Kenyan intelligence while dealing with International Finance institutions contracts. This collective intelligence can now easily be tapped through using the internet and social media networks.
Already a leading presidential candidate has spearheaded this method to collect diverse views which will enable better Governance. Other political leaders in Kenya should learn from this and follow suit.
This crowd sourcing of Kenyan citizenry collective wisdom will enable the political leadership engage with International Finance Institutions from a point of knowledge, hence ending poverty in Kenya. Without poverty in Kenya, tribalism and social decay will die a natural death.
Francis Gichuhi Kamau, Architect.